Tunisia extends state of emergency for another month
Tunisia’s President Beji Caid Essebsi speaks during a news conference with Federal President of Switzerland Johann Schneider-Ammann at the Swiss parliament building in Bern, Switzerland on Feb. 18, 2016. (Peter Schneider / Keystone via AP)
The Associated Press
Published Sunday, February 21, 2016 1:30PM EST
TUNIS, Tunisia -- Tunisia's president has extended for a month the state of emergency that has been in place since an Islamic State-linked suicide bombing in the country's capital in November left 12 people dead.
The decision to prolong the state of emergency was made Sunday by President Beji Caid Essebsi, a government spokesman told the state news agency TAP. The move gives the government emergency powers to forbid strikes and gathering that could cause disturbances, as well as powers over the media.
The decision comes two days after a U.S. strike on an Islamic State training camp in neighbouring Libya that killed a senior extremist leader who is believe to be a Tunisian.